Fly tying classes presented by Inverness Angling Club will begin in Hilton Community Centre on Thursday, January 12, from 7 to 9 pm, continuing each Thursday until April 27. Experienced tyers will be available to tutor both beginners and anglers who want to improve their skills and technique. The club is particularly keen to welcome many of its 100-plus junior members to perpetuate its traditional skills and innovation in tying salmon and trout flies. Parents will be welcome.
Qualified angling coaches who have completed the Disclosure Scotland process will supervise the classes. Bring you own fly tying equipment if you can but tools and materials will be available for use. A charge of £2 over person per night will be made to cover hall hire costs. Spread the word about the classes and let us know if you plan to attend by posting a message on this web site at Club Details/Contact/Secretary.
Inverness Angling Club wishes all its members, regular visitors and all those who plan to cast a line on our Ness fishings every good wish for 2017. We look forward to seeing you during the fishing season ahead.
The season will kick off on February 1 when three times world champion Scott Mackenzie will make the first cast of the year. So join us for the opening ceremony at the Mill Stream Pool, where sponsor Neil Souter, manager of the Holm Mills Shopping Village, will carry out the traditional blessing of the water with a drop of the best malt whisky. Thereafter, it’s into the Mill’s Ghillie's Restaurant for bacon rolls and refreshments.
Many anglers consider springers to be the ultimate challenge in salmon fishing. The IAC water offers a good chance of realising that challenge. Following one of the best spring periods for a long time inn 2016, we are hoping that more anglers will take to the water to make the 2017 spring fishery even more successful.
The Ness System will remain in conservation Category 3 up to the end of June, during which all fish must be released. But from July 1 to October 15 anglers can keep one fish in any given week, up to a maximum of two fish for the season - as long as they are are cock fish of eight pounds or under. All hen fish must be returned.
Further key dates in 2017 are Friday and Saturday, September 1 and 2, when the club will present an International Speycasting Tournament as part of the 2017 Scotland’s Salmon Festival. Entry details will be announced early in February. So everything is set for an interesting and enjoyable 2017 season. Watch this space….!
Inverness Angling Club’s permits for the 2017 season are now on sale at Graham’s tackle shop in Castle Street, Inverness. Members should take their 2016 permit with them when renewing membership.
Senior permits cover intermediate (aged 18, 19 and 20) at £50, adults 21 and over at £150, concessionary (65 and over who have 12 years unbroken membership) at £65 and lady at £80. Any member who failed to make a catch return for the 2016 season will have to pay a surcharge of £20. All senior membership must be renewed by April 1. Late renewal will also incur a surcharge of £20.
Junior membership of the club (17 and under) is available free for charge and permits may be collected now from Graham’s tackle shop. Anglers who have not been members within the last five years can apply for special entry at a fee of £100. Application forms can be downloaded from the web site. Anglers living outside the club’s boundaries may apply for associate membership for a fee of £150 for the season.
Visitor permits for 2017 are priced as follows: February 1 to May 31 - £15 per day, £75 per week. June 1 to October 15 - £25 per day, £125 per week. Juniors - £10 per day throughout them season. Half day permits, 1300 to 2400 hours from June 1 to October 15 - £15 per day.